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CAR February 2019

CAR is Southern Africa’s leading automotive-interest magazine – and has been since 1957. It’s aimed at petrol-heads of all ages looking for, expert reviews, road tests, driving impressions of the latest models available and great motoring content from the country’s leading motoring journalists.

Country:
South Africa
Language:
English
Publisher:
RamsayMedia (PTY) Ltd
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IN THIS ISSUE

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editor’s letter

Three cars had me considering my fantasy garage this month. Two are retro off-roaders (although they’re both brand-new) sporting pukka low-range transfer cases and comforting internal-combustion engines. The third one is a vision (quite literally) of future motoring where we’ll be swivelling our driver’s seats to chat to fellow passengers while the vehicle’s on the move, or drawing instructions for the car on its seat upholstery.While the BMW Vision iNext’s gadgetry might sound fantastical, its principles aren’t. When the production iNext launches in two years, it will boast at least level three autonomous driving capability and, BMW says, a realistic 700 km driving range. It will form the basis of the German marque’s electrification strategy and, as such, promises to be as accomplished as its gestation…

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what it took to make the february issue

06 CARS TESTED (PLUS A BIKE) 08 ADDITIONAL VEHICLES DRIVEN 11 179 KM DRIVEN 6 336 LITRES UTILITY SPACE MEASURED 9 227 KG VEHICLES WEIGHED 60 100-0 KM/H BRAKING TESTS 18 0-100 KM/H SPRINT TESTS 97 902 KM TRAVELLED TO ATTEND LAUNCHES ■…

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winning letter

INSURANCE RIP-OFF I’ve been part of the motor trade for the past 15 years and something which really bothers me is the greed of the insurance companies. In the old days, when a car was costly to repair after an accident, the car was literally written off, including on the paperwork side, meaning someone who bought the car to repair it had to reintroduce the vehicle on the system and the paperwork showed “rebuilt/built-up” or, in today’s terms, a code three. This protected buyers from a practice that is now very common.As you most likely know, code three cars could not be financed and, to a degree, not insured for the full market value. It is a known fact rebuilds are worth far less than normal code two/used…

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win

Congratulations to RIAAN VAN WYK, who wins a hamper of an aviator-inspired, lightweight SOLO Altitude backpack (R1 499) and a stylish SOLO Ludlo tablet sling (R699) that can accommodate an 11-inch tablet SOLO Established in 2008, SOLO is committed to shaking up an old industry. The brand’s goal is to keep you moving in style with cool, thoughtfully designed bags and tablet cases. Since ’08, the streets of New York have provided SOLO with endless inspiration. Every design has a unique style, sparked by the sights and sounds of the city. While New York is a place SOLO calls home, that dynamic spirit translates everywhere. See www.gammatek.co.za for more info. ■…

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over to you...

Please include your physical address and telephone number. Diverse ideas and opinions are welcome, but publication of your letter doesn’t necessarily mean we agree. Please stick to a maximum of 300 words. CAR reserves the right to edit and shorten letters owing to space constraints. VEHICLE SAFETY RATINGS The Carte Blanche segment on 25 November 2018 regarding vehicle crash-safety ratings was a real eye-opener; most South African motorists and prospective vehicle buyers are uninformed about vehicle safety standards. It was stated by the Automobile Association and global NCAP that the SABS national regulator safety ratings are well below that of international standards.May I suggest CAR lists the Global NCAP ratings in CAR Guide as well as in the specifications of the road tests conducted in the magazine. I…

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ac/gt

ELECTRICAL POWER Separate (permanently excited synchronous) electric motors develop 434 kW; good for 0-100 km/h in just 3,5 seconds, with the needle breasting the 200 km/h mark 8,5 seconds later. For all that power and pace, though, the GT’s top speed is limited to 240 km/h. ELECTRICAL GRID The GT’s 90+ kWh lithium-ion battery array not only serves up eye-widening pace, but it’s also capable of powering the four-seater concept to an operating range in excess of 400 km on the new WLTP cycle. According to Audi, both conventional cable and wireless-induction charging are supported by the GT. FAST FACTS Power: 434 kW Torque: 900 N.m est 0-100 km/h: 3,5 sec 0-200 km/h: 12,0 sec Top speed: 240 km/h Range: ±400 km Length: 4 960…

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